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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-27-2008, 02:05 PM Thread Starter
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I am 26 (well actually I will be 27 in a couple of months but I am in denile)and I am looking to get into MMA at least on an amatuer level. I have a tae kwon doe background however I havent dont it since I was a kid. When I stopped I was fairly advanced. I did do a couple years of boxing as well in high school. However of course I started partying and stopped working out and then I started smoking when I turned 18 so there went excersising out the door. However I did quit smoking about a month and a ahlf ago and I have been going to the gym for about two weeks 6 days a week. I am still in fairly good shape ( rounds a shape ) I do have a little gut which is disapearing quickly. So i feel confident in my conditioning routine my question to you all is when it comes to fight training how much is enough to get started. I am married and work a full time job. My gym I work out at is a half mile down the street however the nearest MMA gym is like half hour 40 min away.
I was thinking about doing classes there once a week on saturdays. down the road as my conditioning gets to a level I am happy with I would slowly mabe add more BJJ classes but does this sound like a sufficient start or is in really going to hurt me not traiing at an MMA gym more than once a week. I do have a bag at home to work out with as well as a 15 year old step son to roll with who was a state champ in wrestling . Please tell me what you think

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It really depends on what you want to accomplish. First off, if you haven't trained specifically in MMA I would suggest atleast a solid year of training before you even take an amateur fight. Too many guys (kids) want to jump right in the ring/cage and start fighting. They usually do so with little training and they end up getting hurt. With that said, you can definately start out training part time by just getting in shape, lifting, stretching, hitting the bags and grappling (even if it is with your step-son). However, you will soon need more. You need atleast a competent trainer to start some "real" training with. MMA is an art. There are so many disciplines to learn AND you have to be able to put them all together. This takes time and lots of it. But, if you want to do it, do it! I am 36 years old, married and have 3 children (10, 7 & 2). Somehow, I manage to do cardio 5 days per week, lift 3 days per week and train 3 days per week. I will probably have my first professional fight this year around May/June. 99% of everybody on here will tell me I am too old for this sport. But, I want to do it, so guess what? I'm going to do it! So, if you want to do it, then do it! My suggestion is to just be smart and don't get impatient. Find somewhere to train and learn all you can. If you like it and want to fight, then set your self a goal of when you want to fight. Find someone in the business that can set you up a "starter" fight and then train your butt off. You usually figure out if you want to do this while training or during your first fight, lol. Either way, have fun and good luck!
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-27-2008, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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so you train 3 days a week? I could get up to that. I do plan on waiting at least a year. and I want to get formal training to begin with once a week. But thanks that answeres my question
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Your welcome and good luck!
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